Track Teams Hit the Road for May Stretch Run

May 1, 2001

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This Week's Action

Cardinal Invitational (M&W), Stanford, Calif.

  • Date: Friday, May 4
  • Friday: First Event - M Hammer, 4 pm, Last Event: W 10K, 9:45 p.m.
  • Results Web Site: www.gostanford.com

    Texas Invitational (M), Austin, Texas

  • Date: Friday-Saturday, May 4-5
  • Friday: First Event - M Steeple, 8:15 p.m., Last Event - M 5,000m, 9:40 p.m.
  • Saturday: First Event - M Hammer, 11 a.m., Last Event - M 4x400 Relay, 4:40 p.m.
  • Results Web Site: www.texassports.com

    Steve Scott Invitational (W), Irvine, Calif.

  • Date: Sunday, May 6
  • Sunday: First Event - W Hammer, 8:30 a.m., Last Event - W 4x400 Relay, 4:45 p.m.
  • Results Web Site: www.trackcc.uci.edu



    OUTDOOR VOL. 8: Ducks Enter Home Stretch in Search of Qualifying Marks.The Duck track and field teams open their final month of the season with a busy weekend focused primarily on climbing the Pac-10 and NCAA lists. Kicking off the weekend, Friday's Cardinal Invitational will feature a handful of Duck men's and women's distance runners. The men's team will also send approximately 24 athletes from the sprint, jump and throws corps to the Texas Invitational, Friday-Saturday in Austin, Texas, and a similar contingent of 17 women head to Irvine, Calif., Sunday for the Steve Scott Invitational. The following weekend, the Ducks wrap up their regular season with the Oregon Twilight (5/12) at Hayward Field. The women's 5K and the Bill McChesney Jr. Memorial Twilight Mile headline the evening and will feature several of the nation's top post-collegians.



    2001 NCAA Outdoor Championships Qualifiers

    Athlete           Yr.-Exp.   Hometown            Event        Natl Rank/Mark          PR**John Stiegeler  RSo.-1L    Coos Bay, Ore.      Javelin      1st /  245-9         245-9**Santiago Lorenzo Jr.-2L    Buenos Aires, Arg.  Decathlon    4th / 7,726          7,726**Jason Hartmann  RFr.-SQ    Rockford, Mich.     10,000       8th / 28:56.06    28:56.06*Michael Kasahun  Sr.-1L     Fresno, Calif.      5,000        14th / 13:56.04   13:56.04*Micah Harris     Jr.-TR     Tempe, Ariz.        110H         15th / 13.80         13.80*Trevor Woods     Fr.-HS     Coos Bay, Ore.      Pole Vault   17th / 17-4.5       17-4.5*John Bello       RJr.-2L    Alta Loma, Calif.   Shot Put     20th / 59-9.75     59-9.75

    *Niki Reed Jr.-2L Newport, Ore. Pole Vault 3rd / 13-5.25 13-5.25*Sarah Malone Fr.-HS Newberg, Ore. Javelin 3rd / 169-3 169-3*Mary Etter So.-1L Kirkland, Wash. Discus 5th / 175-9 175-9*Hanna Smedstad RSr.-TR Sundsvall, Sweden 10,000 20th / 34:42.53 34:42.53*Holly Speight RSr.-3L Salem, Ore. Pole Vault 45th / 12-5.5 12-6

    **NCAA Auto Qualifiers * NCAA Provisional Qualifier

    Head Coaches: M-Martin Smith (Third year), W-Tom Heinonen (25th year)



    WOMEN TO WATCH: Ducks Continue to Add Pac-10 and NCAA marks.
    After breaking the school javelin record last weekend, freshman Sarah Malone (169-3) ranks third nationally, first among collegiate Americans, and third among all Americans including post-collegians. All-America discus thrower, Pac-10 leader and NCAA provisional qualifier Mary Etter raised her personal best twice in April (175-9), and also leads the Ducks in the shot put. In the pole vault, All-America junior Niki Reed has cleared 13 feet twice in the last three weeks -- tying her personal best and school record against the Huskies (13-5 1/4), then cleared 13-1 at Mt. SAC two weekends ago. The aforementioned trio also are all qualified for June's USA Championships (6/21-24) in Eugene. Hammer school record holder Maureen Morrison continues to zero in on the NCAA provisional mark in the hammer, and is less than two feet away with her season best from the Mt. SAC Relays (182-1). Sophomore Eri Macdonald looks to climb the Pac-10 list in the 800 after posting her first qualifying mark last weekend at home (2:09.19), and freshman Annette Mosey looks to follow suit and is less than a 1 1/2 seconds away with her season best of 2:12.45.

    MEN TO WATCH: Several Ducks hunting for NCAA Marks or Improvements.
    Redshirt sophomore John Stiegeler continues to pace the nation in the javelin with his personal best from a month ago at the Texas Relays (245-9). The Coos Bay, Ore., native has thrown past the 230-foot line at three other four meets this year (241-11 at the Oregon Invitational, 238-9 at the Oregon Preview and 230-1 at the Baldy Castillo Invite). Junior Micah Harris climbed to second all-time for UO in the 110 hurdles after the Texas Relays (third, 13.80), and sophomore Terry Ellis moved to eighth last weekend (first, PR 14.14). The distances added its second NCAA qualifier last weekend as senior Michael Kasahun ran a 20-second personal best in the 5K (NCAA prov. 13:56.04) after hanging on the heels of Japanese Olympian Toshinari Takaoka at the Oregon Invitational. Freshman Trevor Woods (pole vault, 17-4 1/2) and redshirt junior John Bello (shot put, 59-9 3/4) look to up their NCAA provisional marks and season bests from Texas to improve their chances for actual NCAA invites. Junior high jumper Jason Boness chases his first NCAA outdoor qualifying mark after claiming his first All-America honor indoors in 2001 (ninth) and similar honors outdoors in 1999 (10th) and 2000 (7th). Junior transfer Simon Kimata missed the NCAA provisional standard by only .03 seconds last weekend with his win at the Oregon Invitational (1:49.03), and is picking up speed after an Achilles injury slowed him indoors and early on the outdoor oval.

    PAC-10 PICKS OF THE WEEK: Stiegeler honored for second time this season.
    Redshirt sophomore John Stiegeler was named Pac-10 Men's Field Event Athlete of the Week honors Tuesday after notching his second meet above the 240-foot mark in the javelin. The Coos Bay, Ore., native took second at last weekend's Oregon Invite with a heave of 73.74 meters (241-11), trailing only Eastern Washington's Ryan Cole (first, 244-7). A month ago Stiegeler earned similar honors for his seven-foot season best (245-9) that pushed him to first on the national collegiate list - a position he still holds. He finished second that day at the Texas Relays behind German Olympian Boris Henry who hurled the world leader at the time (283-5). Stiegeler's throw moved him to second all-time for the Ducks behind 1992 NCAA champion Art Skipper (251-8) and ranks him fifth on the current U.S. list. In the honor's seasonal debut last month, junior decathlete Santiago Lorenzo picked up the other honor for men's track based on his Texas Relays personal best (first, 7,726) -- a mark that ranked him third nationally. The accolade also marked a fitting, one-year anniversary after similar field event honors from the 2000 Texas Relays (third, then-PR 7,580).

    CLIMBING THE CHARTS: Several Ducks Netting Noticeable Gains in `01.
    Freshman John Stiegeler stands as the obvious choice as the Ducks' most improved so far this season, adding more than 20 feet to his javelin best from last year (245-9, 20 feet, 6 inches better). Other big gainers for the men's team include senior Michael Kasahun in the 5,000 (13:56.04, 20.14 seconds faster), redshirt junior John Bello in the shot put (59-9 3/4, 2 feet 4 inches), junior Micah Harris (13.80, .16 faster) and sophomore Terry Ellis (14.29, .33 faster) in the 110 hurdles, junior Tim Overfield in the 400 hurdles (51.74, 1.35 seconds faster), redshirt sophomore Jake Horner in the high jump (6-8 3/4, 3 3/4 inches), sophomore James March in the shot put (54-10 1/4, 1 foot, 10 1/4 inches), and junior Santiago Lorenzo in the decathlon (7,726 points, 78 points better). Sophomore Jordan McDaniels is challenging for the similar honors on the women's team, upping her bests in the hammer (168-1, 8 feet, 1 inch) and discus (147-3, 9 inches). Other UO women that have enjoyed solid gains include sophomore Charyl Weingarten in the javelin (146-4, 6 feet), freshman Kirsten Riley in the pole vault (12-1 1/2, 1 foot, 1 1/2 inches), sophomore Janette Davis in the 200 (25.41, .38 faster) and 400 (55.81, .61 seconds faster), and freshman Annette Mosey in the 800 (2:12.45, 1.49 seconds faster). Looking only at this season, Sullivan hiked her best in the heptathlon from her Linfield Heptathlon debut (4,400) by almost 400 points two weekends ago at the California Invitational Heptathlon (4,792).

    LIVING ON THE EDGE: Ducks Closing in on Pac-10 Qualifying Standards.
    With three weeks to go before the Pac-10 Championships, the following is a list of Ducks closing in on Pac-10 marks. Qualifying rules also guarantee each team one entry per event by the right-of-entry rule so those athletes asterisked are current leaders in their respective events and may qualify that way. Duck coaches also have three wild card selections that they can use at their discretion to enter athletes without qualifying marks, although wild-card athletes still count towards the 24-athlete roster (including the previous week's heptathlon/decathlon entries). The week before the actual championships, the Pac-10 may also relax standards in a few events that do not have a minimum of 12 qualifiers.

    Men              Event  Mark       Pac-10 Mark*Micah Harris    200    21.78      21.44Ross Krempley    800    1:51.55    1:51.44Santiago Lorenzo 110H	14.89w     14.74                 PV    16-0.75    16-4.75Brandon Holliday 400H    53.7-h     53.64James March      SP     54-10.25   55-9.25Nick Bakke       JT     195-7     196-10

    Women Event Mark Pac-10 Mark*Jenny Kenyon 200 25.02 24.64 100H 14.48 14.34*Janette Davis 400 55.81 55.44Annette Mosey 800 2:12.45 2:11.14 1,500 4:40.31 4:40.14Karina Elstrom PV 11-5.75 12-1.5Karis Howell JT 141-10 142-8

    OREGON INVITE RECAP: Ducks Collect Qualifiers Against Area's Best.
    Eugene (4/28) -- Last weekend, a total of 855 athletes traveled not only from around the Northwest but around the world to the biggest single-day collegiate stop of the Eugene track season, the Oregon Invitational. In the men's 5K, senior Michael Kasahun shadowed a trio of Japanese runners, including Olympian Toshinari Takaoka, to his first ever NCAA qualifying mark (fourth, 13:56.04). In the 800, junior Simon Kimata strided out to a two-second win and one-second season best (1:49.03) that missed the NCAA provisional mark by a mere .03 seconds, while redshirt junior Ross Krempley (fourth, 1:51.55) missed the Pac-10 qualifying standard by only .11 seconds. In the javelin, redshirt sophomore John Stiegeler posted his second meet above the 240-foot mark in the javelin, finishing second with a heave of 73.74 meters (241-11), trailing only Eastern Washington's Ryan Cole (first, 244-7). Other noteworthy efforts included a first-place tie between sophomore Terry Ellis and junior Micah Harris (110 hurdles, 14.14), and marks by Tim Overfield (400 hurdles, second, PR 51.74), junior Santiago Lorenzo (pole vault, first, PR 16-0 3/4), senior Rian Ingrim (shot put, fourth, outdoor PR 56-7 1/4), redshirt junior John Bello (shot put, fifth, 56-5 3/4, discus, third, 178-9). Freshman Sarah Malone led the Oregon women's squad with a school record in the javelin by more than a foot (169-3), previously set by All-American Karis Howell at the 2000 NCAA Championships in Duke. On the Pac-10 front, several Duck youngsters added personal bests and qualifying marks, including sophomore Eri Macdonald (800, fourth, 2:09.19), freshman Kirsten Riley and redshirt sophomore Georgette Moyle (pole vault, (sixth-tie, 12-1 1/2), freshman Ann Sullivan (100 hurdles, first, 14.00, 400 hurdles, fourth, 1:02.03), sophomore Janette Davis (400, fourth, 55.81), senior Hanna Smedstad (1,500, ninth, PR 4:26.79), and season bests from the 4x100 (47.56) and 4x400 (3:47.63) relays. Also in the pole vault, junior Niki Reed missed her attempts at 13-5 3/4 and a new school record but still finished second with an NCAA provisional mark (12-9 1/2).

    ABOVE THE CROWD: Female Quartet Among Nation's Best Pole Vaulters.
    In its fourth year as a collegiate event, the pole vault has again proved a hit for the Ducks who feature one NCAA automatic qualifier, another provisional qualifier, two All-Americans and a total of four Pac-10 qualifiers. Junior Niki Reed leads the corps again and is a two-time All-American and three-time NCAA participant. The Newport, Ore., native cleared 13-5 1/4 outdoors in 2001 at the Washington Dual (4/14) -- matching her school record that she set both indoors and outdoors last season. Looking for an NCAA invite herself, senior Holly Speight has garnered NCAA provisional honors outdoors the past three years and again indoors (12-6) and outdoors (12-5 1/2) this year. After limited practice this past year due to a serious back injury, All-America senior Karina Elstrom hopes for a late season championship run and raised her season best by six inches to 11-5 3/4 three weekends ago vs. Washington. Freshman Kirsten Riley and redshirt sophomore Georgette Moyle improved their personal bests to 12-1 1/2 last weekend at the Oregon Invitational to tie for sixth.

    GIFTS FROM THE GRIDIRON: Men Receive Sprint Support From Football Squad.
    A trio of Duck football players made their season debuts on the oval three weekends ago against Washington, and helped UO to a 88-75 win over the Huskies. Redshirt freshman A.K. Keyes (11.08) and redshirt sophomore Wesly Mallard (11.47) now rank first and fourth on the squad in the 100 off virtually no practice, and sophomore Samie Parker, a Pac-10 qualifier in the 100 with his debut last year (PR 10.61), added duty on the 4x100 relay (42.30). Last weekend at the Oregon Invitational, Parker returned for his first appearances in the 100 (11.10) and 200 (22.40), and now ranks second and third, respectively. Looking ahead to the fall, Parker should be among the team's top receivers and owned the team's best yards-per-catch average last fall (18.3, 11 receptions). On the defensive front, Mallard will be in contention for starting linebacking chores and Keyes should see action in the secondary, one of the team's strongest areas. The trio carry on a tradition that goes back to the `60s when future NFL'ers Jerry Tarr and Mel Renfro ran on a world record 440-yard relay (40.0) in 1962, the same year Tarr set the world record in the 120-yard hurdles (13.3). More recently, Pat Johnson started at receiver for the 2001 Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens, but Duck fans also fondly remember his standout freshman season on the oval in 1995. He earned All-America honors that year in the 100 (eighth, 10.32) and 200 (ninth, 20.76), just weeks after winning the Pac-10 400 crown (45.38). Other Duck two-sport luminaries include Don Coleman, school record holder in the 200 with Johnson (20.39, 1979), and sole possessor of the 100 honor (10.11, 1978), Muhammad Oliver, second-ranked all-time for UO in the decathlon (8,087, 1992) and Latin Berry, school record-holder in the long jump (26-8 1/2, 1989) and runner-up in the triple jump (53-11 1/4, 1989).

    LIKE A DUCK IN WATER: UO women prepare for addition of the steeplechase.
    The NCAA Championships will feature a new event in 2001 as the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase has been added to the schedule and will replace the 3,000 meters. The 30-inch wooden barriers stand six inches shorter than the men's counterpart, with the water pit the same length (12 feet) as the men -- at least this season as the IAAF decides whether a 10-foot length would soon prove too short. Among current Ducks, redshirt sophomore Annie Davis, sister of former Duck All-American Marie Davis, has already raced once this year at the Linfield Icebreaker (second, 12:11.50). Junior transfer Carrie Zografos -- a former state placer in the hurdles/relays for Portland's Central Catholic and one of the team's top harriers last fall -- debuted last weekend at the Oregon Invite (11th, 1:20.51), but as an unattached entrant since she's redshirting this season. Looking ahead to the USA Championships in less than two months, four former Ducks have met the 11:00.00 qualifying standard - Lisa Nye (10:00.63), Katie Crabb (10:33.98), Davis (10:41.1), Jill (Callero) Mestler (10:59.37), with Nye claiming second at last year's national championship (10:00.63). At the Oregon Preview on March 17, Mestler won the event's official collegiate debut Hayward Field (11:22.10), whiled Crabb took second at the Oregon Invitational last weekend (10:33.98).

    ON THE NCAA OVAL: Crabb and Boness Nab First Indoor All-America Honors.
    In early March, two Ducks capped the indoor season with All-America honors at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, hosted by the University of Arkansas. Redshirt senior Katie Crabb closed her career with her first indoor honor (mile, ninth, 4:46.90) after overcoming a mid-race ankle sprain. Junior Jason Boness improved on his 11th-place seeding in the high jump (ninth, 6-11 3/4) for his third honor overall. Three other Ducks scored NCAA provisional marks during the season but didn't compete -- sophomore Jason Hartmann (5,000, 14:05.72), junior Rian Ingrim (shot put, 57-5) and senior Holly Speight (pole vault, 12-6).

    MEN'S OUTLOOK: Ducks Return Two All-Americans and 11 Pac-10 Scorers.
    Now in their third year under head coach Martin Smith, the Men of Oregon have taken solid aim at climbing the Pac-10 and NCAA ranks in 2001. The Ducks sport a familiar foundation of homegrown talent interspersed with national-level additions. And to continue the momentum into the future, the Ducks inked the nation's top recruiting class according to December's Track and Field News. Among the large corps of Duck returnees, the field events return Pac-10 scorers in virtually every discipline. Junior high jumper Jason Boness and junior decathlete Santiago Lorenzo (NCAA auto. - 7,726) lead the group after All-America honors last year. Redshirt sophomore John Stiegeler (javelin, 245-9) and redshirt freshman Jason Hartmann (10,000, 27:58.06) quickly followed suit with NCAA automatic marks in the season's opening month. A quartet of NCAA provisional qualifiers, senior Michael Kasahun (5,000, 13:56.04), redshirt junior John Bello (shot put, 59-9 3/4), junior Micah Harris (110 hurdles, 13.80) and freshman Trevor Woods (pole vault, 17-4 1/2), focus on improving their marks for an NCAA appearance in Eugene. Several others also hope for NCAA-caliber marks after previous bests near or equal NCAA provisional standards -- senior Ryan Keith (javelin, 220-5) and juniors Billy Pappas (decathlon, 7,184) and Rian Ingrim (shot put, 57-5i). Others returnees to watch that netted Pac-10 points last year include junior Ross Krempley (800, sixth), and sophomores Foluso Akinradewo (triple jump, seventh), Terry Ellis (110 hurdles, eighth) and Adam Kriz (hammer, eighth). Several talented newcomers hope to make noticeable contributions at the conference level or beyond. Freshman Jake Garlick was a prep All-American in the high hurdles (13.71) and a 51.47-second intermediate hurdler at last year's U.S. Junior Championships. Junior middle distance transfer Simon Kimata clocked 1:47.02 in the 800 two years ago for Butler CC and leads the Ducks so far this season (1:49.03). Leading a large class of distance newcomers that may redshirt to maximize their potential, freshman Eric Logsdon paced the nation last year in the 3,000 (8:10.66), with another instate product, freshman Noel Paulson (8:18.72), also among the country's best milers (4:07.14). Another talented Oregonian, freshmen javelin thrower Adam Jenkins, was the national prep leader in the javelin last year (229-2) and a prep All-American.

    WOMEN'S OUTLOOK: Four All-Americans lead a youth-heavy squad.
    This year's Duck roster features a long list of leading performers, yet an influx of young talent is garnering its share of the spotlight. The throws pace this year's charge, as sophomore All-American Mary Etter leads conference returnees in the discus (NCAA prov. 175-9) and took third and eighth, respectively in her Pac-10 and NCAA debuts in 2000. Senior Maureen Morrison has thrown NCAA provisional marks in previous years in the hammer and discus and leads the team in the hammer again this year (182-1). In the javelin, freshman Sarah Malone has shined early this season with NCAA provisional marks in five meets, including a school record of 169-3 at April's Oregon Invitational. Sophomore teammate Charyl Weingarten isn't far behind and closed within four inches of the NCAA provisional mark two weekends ago at Mt. SAC (152-3). Two-time All-America pole vaulter and junior Niki Reed has already cleared an NCAA automatic mark of 13-5.25 this year and leads a corps that features All-America senior Karina Elstrom and NCAA provisional qualifier Holly Speight. Junior heptathlete Jenny Kenyon (PR, 5,046) may join the list of recent NCAA invites in the combined events after a fourth-place Pac-10 finish in 2000. In the distances, senior transfer Hanna Smedstad has already run an NCAA provisional mark this year in the 10K (34:42.93), and led the Duck cross country squad last fall to its 24th national championship trip in 26 years. Before arriving in Eugene, she was a three-time NCAA qualifier in the outdoor 3,000 and 5,000 for Oklahoma State and a two-time harrier All-American for the `Pokes (1998, '99). Sophomore Eri Macdonald was a Pac-10 and U.S. Junior Champs finalist in the 800 last year. The hurdles feature several talented youth, including freshman Ann Sullivan (14.00) and sophomore Lucretia Larkin (14.25). The pair rank sixth and 11th all-time in UO history and were recent Washington prep titlists.

    HAYWARD FIELD PROFILE: NCAA Finale Returns to Eugene in 2001.
    One of the most famous track facilities in the world, Hayward Field is named for Bill Hayward, who coached the Oregon's men's team from 1904-1947. The 10,000-seat stadium -- originally dedicated in 1919 -- will again welcome top national and international talent to a Triple Crown of great meets, the NCAA Outdoor Championships (5/30-6/2), Prefontaine Classic (5/27, www.preclassic.com) and USA Outdoor Championships (6/21-24, www.eugenechamps.com). Eight previous NCAA Championships (1962-64-72-78-74-77-91-96) have visited Track City USA, along with three Olympic Trials (1972-76-80) and five past U.S. Championships.

    AT THE HELM: Duck Head Coach Profiles.
    The dean of Oregon coaches, Tom Heinonen returns for his 25th season as women's head coach and has led the Ducks to one NCAA track crown (1985) and six conference titles since the meets' inception in 1983 (1983-84-85-86-92-93). For the men, two-time NCAA Men's Cross Country Coach of the Year Martin Smith has seen Ducks collect 11 All-America honors in cross country and track in his first 2 1/2 seasons in Eugene, including Jason Boness' high jump honor from the 2001 indoor circuit. On the track in 2000, all three Duck outdoor qualifiers were named All-Americans, while Steve Fein became Oregon's 27 sub-4:00 miler at last May's Oregon Twilight. Prior to his arrival in Eugene in July 1998, his Wisconsin runners posted two cross country NCAA team titles (1982-88), five NCAA individual track and cross country titles and 78 All-America honors (44 track and 34 XC).

    NCAA FORMULA: Dissecting the NCAA Qualifying System.
    Athletes qualify for the NCAA Championships as individuals based on their best marks of the season from NCAA-sanctioned competitions. A two-standard system features an automatic standard which if equaled or bettered automatically qualifies individuals for the collegiate finale. To fill out the remaining positions in each event's field (typically a total of 16-24 athletes depending on the quality of the marks and the capacity of the event), a second list of individuals meeting a provisional standard are also considered based on their season bests. Although each event varies, often at least half of an event's entry are automatic qualifiers, while occasionally an entire field could come only from the automatic list. Also to note, sprinters and hurdlers can only post marks that occur in wind conditions of +4.0 mps of less.

    ALL-AMERICA EQUATION: Breaking down the NCAA Honor.
    Based on their NCAA Championships performances, individuals are awarded All-America honors at season's end by the U.S. Track Coaches Association. The top-eight finishers from each event are honored regardless of citizenship, and any additional U.S. finishers that are among the top eight American finishers are also rewarded. If necessary, the U.S.-based honors can even extend to the top remaining performances in the qualifying round if there aren't eight Americans in the event final.

    2000 NCAA CHAMPS REVIEW: Six Ducks Claim All-America Honors.
    Oregon posted one of its strongest NCAA Championships showings in recent history last year at Duke University. Of the seven Duck competitors, six earned All-America honors and five scored top-eight finishes. In the team races, both UO teams scored five points as the men tied for 44th and women for 45th. The men's trio of senior Steve Fein (1,500, 13th-q), and sophomores Santiago Lorenzo (decathlon, fifth, 7,543) and Jason Boness (high jump, seventh-tie, 7-2 1/4) all responded with All-America efforts. Fein missed making the 1,500 final by one place and less than a quarter-second after two previous indoor All-America nods in the 3,000 (fifth in `98, seventh in `99) and another in the 5,000 outdoors in `99 (seventh). Senior Katie Crabb made her second appearance in the NCAA 1,500 and scored her first All-America honor in a personal best (seventh, 4:19.35). Junior Karis Howell made her third NCAA trip and collected her second All-America honor (seventh, 168-1). Mary Etter led freshmen in the discus at the NCAA finale and took eighth overall (166-11). Pole vaulter Niki Reed made her third NCAA appearance (13th, 12-9 1/2), but a knee injury slowed her after two previous All-America honors.

    2000 PAC-10 REVIEW: Ducks close regular season in Eugene.
    Last season at the Pac-10 Championships, the Duck men finished far ahead of their projected score with 71 points as 15 of the team's 24-man roster scored at the Pac-10 finale, even though only five were seeded in the top eight prior. Among the individual highlights, Santiago Lorenzo and Steve Fein took second in the decathlon and 5K, respectively, behind eventual NCAA champions. In his conference debut, Jason Boness won the high jump by four inches (7-5) with a new school record. On the women's side, Oregon also turned to the distances and field events for many of their highlights. In the 1,500, senior Katie Crabb didn't back down from her top seed status, leading much of the race before taking third in a lean at the line (4:21.41). In the throws, freshman Mary Etter showed impressive maturity, returning after a trio of fouls in the shot put to finish third in the discus (PR & NCAA prov. 173-11), and Charyl Weingarten added similar points in the javelin (third, 146-4).



    This Week's Tentative Schedule

    Friday, May 4 - Cardinal Invitational
    7:30 pm - W 800 (Macdonald)
    8 pm - W 5,000 (Smedstad)
    8:45 pm - M 5,000 (Kasahun)

    Friday, May 4 - Texas Invitational
    8:45 pm - M 800 (Kimata, Krempley)

    Saturday, May 5 - Texas Invitational
    11 am - M Hammer (Kriz)
    Noon - M High Jump (Boness, Horner)
    12:30 pm - M Javelin (Stiegeler, Jenkins, Keith, Bakke)
    12:50 pm - M 110H (Harris, Ellis, Garlick, Slye)
    1:15 pm - M 100 (Keyes, Parker)
    1:30 pm - M Pole Vault (Woods, Howell, Slye)
    2:15 pm - M Shot Put (Bello, Ingrim, March)
    2:30 pm - M Triple Jump (Akinradewo)
    2:30 pm - 400H (Overfield, Garlick, Holliday)
    3 pm - M 800 (Gross)
    3:35 pm - M 200 (Parker, Keyes)
    4 pm - M Discus (Bello, Ingrim, March)

    Sunday, May 6 - Steve Scott Invitational
    8:30 am - W Hammer (Morrison, Etter, McDaniels)
    9 am - W Javelin (Malone, Weingarten, Dinsmore)
    9:30 am - W Pole Vault (Reed, Speight, Riley)
    10 am - W Long Jump (Brown, Kenyon)
    10 am - W 100H (Sullivan, Kenyon)
    10:30 - W Shot Put (Etter, McDaniels)
    11:50 am - W 1,500 (Mosey, Macdonald)
    12:30 pm - W 400 (Davis)
    1 pm - W High Jump (Kriz)
    1 pm - W Discus (Etter, Morrison, McDaniels)
    2:05 pm - W 800 (Macdonald)
    2:45 pm - W 400H (Davis, Sullivan)
    3:15 pm - W 200 (Davis, Kenyon)



    Online Track Resources

    UO Athletics: www.goducks.com
    Pacific-10 Conference: www.pac-10.org
    NCAA Champs.: www.ncaachampionships.com
    Trackwire: www.trackwire.com
    USA Track and Field: www.uastf.org
    USOC: www.olympic-usa.org
    IAAF: www.iaaf.org
    Track & Field News: www.trackandfieldnews.com
    Prefontaine Classic: www.preclassic.com
    USA Championships: www.eugenechamps.com
    World Rankings: www.tilastopaja.net

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